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Control4 Launches Video Intercom Solutions with New Touch Screens and Door Station

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Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Control4 Launches Video Intercom Solutions with New Touch Screens and Door Station

High-performance In-Wall and Portable Touch Screens with full-motion video intercom and wideband audio deliver dedicated control and crystal clear communications.

Las Vegas, NV– January 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM PT – Control4, a leading innovator in residential and light commercial automation systems, introduces its new video intercom solutions, which include the Control4® 7” Portable Touch Screen with Camera, the Control4® 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera, and the Control4® Door Station.

This new video intercom product family provides dedicated, always-on control functionality along with a convenient high-quality communications experience for homes and businesses. Each new product within the family features an integrated camera delivering H.264 full-motion video along with integrated speakers and dual microphones utilizing beam forming and wideband audio to deliver a high-fidelity experience. With activation of a Control4® Intercom License, consumers can enable whole-home or business communications and message broadcasting, as well as the ability to control auto-answer and “do not disturb” settings.

“Our video intercom family is an exciting new addition to the Control4 offering,” says Control4 President and CEO Martin Plaehn. “By adding the Door Station and the new Touch Screens to Control4 systems, consumers are able to see and communicate with others inside and outside their homes or businesses. We’re creating an exceptional audio and video intercom experience that is completely integrated with the full Control4 automation system.”

Central to the video intercom solutions is the new Control4 7” Portable Touch Screen with Camera, a sleek capacitive touch screen that is dealer-configurable as a portable or tabletop solution for use on a countertop, desk, end-table or nightstand. It supports Wireless-N and Ethernet connectivity, and is powered either by Power over Ethernet (PoE) or AC power options. The Portable enables seamless video-intercom interoperability with other Control4 video intercom-capable products, and audio intercom compatibility with the current 5” and 7” In-Wall Touch Screens.

The new Control4 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera features the same sophisticated design and technology as the 7” Portable for high-performance in-wall control. Like Control4’s existing touch screens, the new 7”In-Wall is an elegant addition to any room.

Rounding out the Control4 video intercom solutions is the new Control4® Door Station, providing an exceptional video intercom experience from outdoor locations such as a gate or front door — enabling consumers to see who’s requesting entry from the safety and convenience of their home or office. In addition to supporting WiFi and Ethernet connectivity, with AC or PoE options, the Door Station includes two contact sensors and one relay for monitoring as well as opening doors and gates.

“Our goal is to consistently deliver insightfully simple solutions that enrich families’ lives and enhance businesses,” adds Plaehn. “We believe our video intercom solutions will do just that.”

The Control4 7” Portable Touch Screen with Camera has a US MSRP of $999 and can be ordered now for expected availability in February.

The Door Station comes in three stylish colors (Satin Nickel, Satin Black and Venetian Bronze), has a US MSRP of $799 and is expected in Q2 2012. For pre-installations, Dealers can order Door Station Back Boxes now, for availability in February.

The Control4 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera has a US MSRP of $999 and is expected in Q2 2012.

The Control4 Intercom License has a US MSRP of $399 for unlimited devices within an installation. The licenses are available now.

For more information on Control4, please visit www.control4.com.

About Control4
Control4 is a leading provider of automation systems for homes and businesses by offering personalized control of lighting, music, video, energy, and security through more than 2,200 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 72 countries. By delivering insightfully simple personalized control solutions that enhance the lives of individuals and families, Control4 is the automation platform of choice for consumers, major consumer electronics companies, hotels, and businesses around the world. For more information visit www.control4.com.

Press Contact
Caster Communications 401-792-7080
Kimberly Lancaster klancaster@castercomm.com
Lauren Simmen lsimmen@castercomm.com

Copyright© 2012 Control4 Corporation. All rights reserved. Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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Control4 Announces New High-Performance Automation Controllers

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Control4 Announces New High-Performance Automation Controllers

New one-room and whole-home controllers dramatically enhance consumer experiences with fluid on-screen control, blazingly fast media access, and instantaneous responsiveness.

Las Vegas, NV– January 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM PT – Control4, a leading innovator in residential and light commercial automation systems, announces two new models to its family of automation controllers: the flagship HC-800 and the versatile HC-250. Designed to maximize the power of Control4’s award-winning operating system, the
HC-800 and the HC-250 provide the ultimate Control4® experience for speed, performance and flexibility at an exceptional value for homeowners and businesses.

At the center of Control4’s updated line of controllers is the new HC-800, a powerful, flexible, multi-zone controller designed to serve as the cornerstone of any Control4 installation, no matter how large or demanding. The HC-800’s lightning-fast, next-generation 1.8GHz high-performance dual-core processor delivers instantaneous, interactive on-screen control and browsing of even the largest media libraries.

While the rack-mountable HC-800 measures in at an ultra-slim 1RU, it doesn’t skimp on connectivity with two RS-232 ports, six IR ports, and four contact and relay switches. It also features enough analog and digital outputs to deliver four independent zones of audio without the help of a secondary media player. Certified HDMI audio and video connectivity enables simple integration with the latest displays, A/V receivers, and surround processors, while component video connectivity guarantees compatibility with legacy systems.

“This is a blazingly fast controller that can keep up with just about anything you throw at it,” enthused Shawn LeMay, owner of Sound & Theater. Kevin Luther of Blackwire Designs agreed, saying, “The HC-800 is the most impressive controller I have ever tested. The on-screen performance is simply amazing and the speed of ZigBee is unlike anything before.”

The new HC-250 also joins the controller family as an elegant, low-profile form factor, single-room controller with a next-generation 1GHz processor that delivers exceptional speed and power. The HC-250 fits easily behind a TV, on a shelf, or in a rack and features new Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability enabled by a single CAT5 cable providing the electrical power and network connectivity for the HC-250 to control the entire room, greatly simplifying installation for the integrator.

The HC-250 supports both digital audio and video over HDMI, and boasts integrated Wireless-N WiFi and ZigBee for high-performance wireless networking. The HC-250 is perfect for single-room systems including media rooms, home theaters, and conference rooms, as well as for providing fluid on-screen control for each TV in larger residential and light commercial installations.

The HC-250 makes it easier than ever for an integrator to design a one-room AV solution as an upgrade-replacement for less-functional universal remote controls. Consumers can then build upon that system at their own pace — adding additional automation and control functionality over time.

“The performance, capability and design enhancements delivered by our new controllers translate to exceptional consumer experience,” says Control4 President and CEO, Martin Plaehn. “With our new controllers, consumer can browse very large media libraries and enjoy a selected movie, song, or playlist instantly, activate lighting before their finger leaves the touch screen, and control an entire home from their TV instantaneously. It will be hard to find a more responsive and capable system, and that’s going to delight consumers.”

Debuting at CES 2012, the new Control4 HC-800 and HC-250 enhance the current controller family, which also includes the HC-200, HC-300 and the HC-1000.

The HC-800 has a US MSRP of $999 and is available to order now for expected delivery in February.

The HC-250 has a US MSRP of $599 and is expected to be available in Q2 2012.

For more information go to www.control4.com.

About Control4
Control4 is a leading provider of automation systems for homes and businesses by offering personalized control of lighting, music, video, energy, and security through more than 2,200 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 72 countries. By delivering insightfully simple personalized control solutions that enhance the lives of individuals and families, Control4 is the automation platform of choice for consumers, major consumer electronics companies, hotels, and businesses around the world. For more information visit www.control4.com.

Press Contact
Caster Communications 401-792-7080
Kimberly Lancaster klancaster@castercomm.com
Lauren Simmen lsimmen@castercomm.com

Copyright© 2012 Control4 Corporation. All rights reserved. Control4 and the Control4 logo are registered trademarks of Control4 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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Christie MicroTiles: A Site To Behold At Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics


Christie display technology is at the forefront of Northern Kentucky University’s (NKU) College of Informatics with a striking Christie MicroTiles array, four Christie projectors, and two Christie Spyder X20-1608 image processors managing and controlling the content.
Located in the Digitorium of Griffin Hall – the university’s first LEED-certified building – the 19 wide by 15 high Christie MicroTiles (25 feet wide by 15 feet high) array is drawing rave reviews for its bright, vivid colors and its flexibility in displaying images, videos and graphics.

The 120-seat Digitorium hosts virtual performances, simulations, collaborative gaming, workflow modeling and 3D visualization, all fed to the Christie MicroTiles by the Spyders.

“This project had a strict deadline and it wasn’t an option to miss the opening date of Griffin Hall,” said Kevin Collins, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Diversified Systems, project integrator. “The timeline for installation from paper to completion on this entire project was just six months but integration went smoothly. In fact, it went up just like 1-2-3 and was a textbook integration. The MicroTiles definitely have a very high cool factor.”

“The number of sources we feed into the tiles from the Spyders is huge,” added Shawn Samii, project manager, Diversified Systems. “The MicroTiles receive several feeds including streaming video, HDMI out of a laptop, display footage out of a laptop, AV, cable TV feed, PC graphics, static images, and broadcast STI feeds.”

“In the Digitorium, we have eight opera boxes (four on each side) with computers in each one, which get tied back into the MicroTiles wall – so we can do live interaction,” said Chris Strobel, associate professor of electronic media and broadcasting, NKU. “We anticipate hosting ‘cyber defense’ competitions in the Digitorium, where each team will be stationed in an opera box defending their own computer network from cyber attack.

“We may also participate in various types of “capture the flag” cyberwarfare competitions in that space (which involve both defense and offense). In both cases the ‘BigWall’ functions as high-resolution dashboard/scoreboard that allows the audience on the main floor to track the highly multi-facetted real-time status of the competition.”

“Everybody who has looked at the MicroTiles wall is in utter disbelief,” concluded Samii. “The wall is truly a sight to behold.”

“When we show student projects such as films and animations on the MicroTiles, there is definitely a ‘wow-factor’ that you wouldn’t get with other technology,” concluded Strobel.

Serving as the main Digitorium projector is one Christie HD6K-M with three Christie LW650 projectors located outside the auditorium.

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WorldStage Provides AV Support to Jacco Olivier Art Installation Dotted Across Madison Square Park’s Winter Landscape

Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park

WorldStage (the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications) provided extensive AV support for an innovative installation in New York City’s six-acre Madison Square Park where Dutch artist Jacco Olivier’s stop-motion animations brighten the park’s winter landscape. Olivier photographs each stage of his creative process of painting and re-painting images of flora and fauna until the original no longer exists. The resulting stop-motion animations reveal the history behind each painting’s rich color palette and highly textured style.

The exhibition, which comes to life at dusk from December 15 through March 12, 2012, is a presentation of Mad. Sq. Art, the free, contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. It marks the artist’s first public art commission in New York City.

WorldStage was uniquely qualified to handle Olivier’s project: The company has a history of supporting art installations and special events at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum and Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art and has demonstrated expertise in outdoor art events at Art Basel Miami, MoMA and the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center.

The company previously teamed with Mad. Sq. Art on Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive light installation as well as last year’s installation of Scattered Light, an innovative piece by the artist, Jim Campbell. WorldStage is one of the few rental and staging companies that is willing and able to support long-term equipment rental, engineering and support for such projects.

At Madison Square Park, Olivier’s images of birds, a deer, a frog, a beetle and flora are seamlessly integrated into the outdoors, displayed on screens suspended from trees, hidden in the bushes and planted in the ground. They animate life in both the park’s heavily trafficked areas and quieter spots and draw parallels to their natural counterparts in the park for 50,000 daily visitors.

“It’s a beautiful project,” says Adam Glick of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. “Part of the challenge was where to position the six screens, how to install them and make them more than just simple displays and projections. We wanted them to be as seamless and natural as possible, and having worked with WorldStage before, we knew they would be able to artfully bring this project to completion.”

“Each piece by Olivier, except for ‘Bird’ and ‘Deer,’ was designed as a self-contained, plug-and-play weatherproof module that requires little to no maintenance,” explains WorldStage project manager Sarah Ibrahim. “Each enclosure is outfitted with heating and fans to maintain a safe operating temperature for the electronics and protect against condensation.” Brightsign HD210 standalone media players were selected for five of the installations for their small footprint, high-quality HD imagery and, once programmed, operator-free playback.

“Deer” sports a 7.5×4-foot Stewart Filmscreen Starglas projection screen and this is the first time one has been installed outdoors. It is fed by a Panasonic PT-DZ570U 1080p 4K ANSI lumen projector housed in a Tempest Blizzard 6550 weatherproof HVAC projector enclosure; a Medialon MIP-HD media player serves as source.

“‘Deer’ is really my favorite piece in this installation, if only for the stellar quality of the projection and screen,” says Ibrahim. “The image clarity supported by the Stewart Starglas screen and the full-HD projection enables viewers to see incredible image detail – even the brushwork in the paintings is clearly evident.

“Rabbit Hole” posed a challenge since its weatherproof enclosure is buried in the ground. “The artist wanted viewers to be able to walk on it and look down onto the piece,” says Ibrahim. “We asked Cigar Box Studios to come up with a solution that was structurally sound as well as air and watertight, so condensation doesn’t form on the inside of the plexiglass. The whole assembly was buried and covered with sod framing the image.”

The up-in-the-air location of “Bird” required an innovative approach to signal processing using AJA HA5 and Hi5 converters for 1080i over HDSDI signal transmission from the monitor in a tree limb to the remote player some 250 feet away.

WorldStage’s experience with art installations and the special requirements of outdoors proved extremely valuable “as the project evolved and went through a few different iterations,” notes Adam Glick. “WorldStage was very amenable to dealing with various changes. They lent us their expertise and everything has worked out great!”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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